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Trouts Journal

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth - Gunnison River Flow Update

Ivan Orsic / May 25, 2014

It's never our intention to be the bearer of bad news, remember we're just the messengers. But with the famed Salmon Fly hatch about to begin in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and the Gunnison Gorge, we felt it necessary to keep our customers up to speed on what will be a dramatic increase in flows through these hallowed waters. From the BLM:


Flows in the Gunnison River through Black Canyon and the Gunnison Gorge are expected to increase dramatically heading into Memorial Day weekend. On 5/22/2014 or 5/23/2014, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing progressively increasing flows from upstream at Crystal Reservoir. Flows may increase from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to around 3,000 cfs by Memorial Day (5/26). Flows will likely continue to increase over the following week, and may reach 8,000 cfs or higher around the first of June, and are expected to remain in that range for ten days. After that, flows are expected to taper to the 4,000 to 6,000 cfs range for the remainder of June 2014.

There you have it, straight from the horse's mouth. From what we understand this increase is due to a substantial water call in California. Unfortunate yes, but let's all remember that we are very fortunate to have this much water within Colorado. We'll keep you all up to speed as this situation unfolds.


Tucker Ladd

Owner, Trouts Fly Fishing.

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